SMS and MMS with the Option ICON 225 USB Modem

Posted by on Sep 21, 2009 in Support Blog

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The Option ICON 225 is an excellent modem to use with NowSMS to send and receive SMS and MMS messages.
This modem is readily available in many countries, as many mobile operators sell this modem as part of a mobile broadband package. (The modem that we tested was sold by Orange UK, but unlocked versions of this modem are avaialable from multiple web sites. T-Mobile sells it as “Web’n’Walk”.)
If you are using an unlocked version of this modem, do not install the software that is included on the USB drive of the modem, which may be branded for a specific carrier. Instead, download the modem driver software from
You may encounter a problem where NowSMS complains that the modem is already in use. The GlobeTrotter software that installs with the modem drivers may try to automatically make a data connection each time Windows is restarted. If this happens, load the GlobeTrotter software by clicking on its icon in the Windows tray (right side of the Windows taskbar, near the date and time display). Open the GlobeTrotter software and press the “More” button, then uncheck “Auto Connect”.
Some rebranded versions of this modem, particularly those sold as “Web’n’Walk” have the modem interface partially disabled.  If you are experiencing a problem configuring NowSMS to send SMS or MMS messages, you may be experiencing this issue.  For updated information on how to reprogram the Option ICON 225 modem to be compatible with NowSMS see: 
For general information on configuring NowSMS to send and receive SMS and MMS messages with a GSM modem, such as the Option ICON 225, please see the NowSMS Quick Start Guide at
Frequencies supported by the Option ICON 225:
3G/UMTS/HSDPA – 2100Mhz (Most of world, not North America)
EDGE/GPRS – 850Mhz/900Mhz/1800Mhz/1900Mhz (Global)
HSDPA Max Performance: Download speed – 3.6 Mbps; Upload speed – 384 kbps (no HSUPA)
UMTS Max Performance: Download speed – 384 Kbps; Upload speed – 384 Kbps
EDGE Max Performance: Download speed – 247 Kbps; Upload speed – 247 Kbps
NowSMS Support Summary: Supports sending and receiving both SMS and MMS messages. Supports “Direct to Modem”.
SMS Delivery Receipts are supported.
The Option ICON 225 modem does not support an external antenna (uses internal antenna only).

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2 Responses to “SMS and MMS with the Option ICON 225 USB Modem”

  1. Srikanth Bolem says:


    Do we need to subscribe to any service provider.

    What will be cost of this device


    • Hi Srikanth,

      A GSM modem takes a SIM card, just like a mobile phone, and that SIM card must have an active subscription with a mobile operator. There is not a separate SMS service provider.

      For more background info, see

      GSM modem costs are usually around the $100-$150 range.